January 11th, 2008
03:45 PM ET
3 years ago

Blitzer: What would you ask the Democrats in South Carolina?

 Weigh in on the South Carolina Democratic debate.
Weigh in on the South Carolina Democratic debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - I am going to be hosting a Democratic presidential debate on Monday, January 21, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The CNN debate will be co-sponsored with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Suzanne Malveaux and Joe Johns will be joining me in the questioning. All of us are really looking forward to this debate which coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States.

It comes just before the Democratic primary in South Carolina on Saturday, January 26. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards all have respective strengths and weaknesses in that state. Hopefully, we will be able to learn more about these three candidates during that forum, which airs at 8 p.m. ET on CNN. The two earlier Democratic debates I moderated – in New Hampshire in early June and in Nevada in November – included a lot more candidates. Several of them, as you know, have dropped out. This one should be more manageable.

There are so many questions all of us have about the candidates. I have my ideas, and am excited, but l really want to hear from you - I would love your input. Let me know what you would ask these Democratic candidates if you had the chance. This race for the White House is at a pivotal point for the Democrats and the Republicans. And the stakes for the nation are very high. Thanks in advance.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (2,911 Responses)
  1. Donna

    Ask them why they think it is ok to give amnesty to the Illegal Immigrants who broke the law when they entered our country illegally. Whether they "make them pay a fine and learn English" or not, it is still amnesty in most Americans eyes.

    January 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Jason

    Great point Jason! Hillary never hesitates to mention she's white when on the campaign trail.

    January 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Hale

    A lot of talk using the word "change". WHAT CHANGE SPECIFICALLY? Also, this question is for anyone...why, why, why do all politicians continue to pander to illegal immigrants? No one will speak the truth about this issue. No one.

    January 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. MM

    Please ask Obama about his experience on leading our military. Has he ever visited Iraq? Is he going to be a president for ALL people in this country. What is his position on illegal immigration and will he take a tough stand to defend our borders?

    January 11, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Ken

    What will the candidates do to cab aids before it kills millions of African Americans in years to come.

    January 11, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Al in Wpg

    Hillary, if you're elected, what would the role of your first-man be. Will you be sharing state secrets with him like he has with you (seeing how you can use that as experience).

    January 11, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Frank, San Diego

    Please ask them what they will do, if elected, to change the rules of the political game? I am thinking here primarily of campaign finance, lobbying reform, and changes (perhaps along the lines of the initiative in Maryland) to eliminate the small state bias that is built into the Electoral College system. But there are certainly other aspects of the electoral process that would be worth discussing.

    January 11, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Jason, Berkeley

    Here's few more Mr Blitzer.

    Is experience (statuesque) a liability or a asset for Change?
    Is inexperience is a qulification for change?

    January 11, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. richard

    I want to know about and to ask the question about how the candidates will handel the leaders of the ussr and chine that is whah is important to me, they are the big guns to worry about ,I think they would chew up and spit out Obama he has never faced"The Big Guns'

    Thanks Richard

    January 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. Loren

    What are we going to do to avoid a conflict with Iran? What will you do if we have invaded Iran by the time you take office?

    January 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  11. Godfrey

    This is a fight for the leaders of tomorrow "the youth". In order to have good leaders for the future, education is the key. My question to all the candidates; with the high education costs, the decline in public school standards, unfunded federal government mandates, teachers being under paid, the reliance of communities on property taxes for school funding yet as property taxes increase real income decreases the list goes on it becomes a balancing act keep the schools open, increase real income and keep homeowners in their homes; in specific terms why should we support any of your candidacy knowing that most promises made during the campaign are never kept instead we get an excuse as to why you changed your mind.

    January 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. michael, ny

    Tell Hillary while it is ok to fight for votes, it is not ok to downplay the role Martin L King played in the civil right movement.

    January 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Stuart in So. Florida

    Straight forward answer wanted:

    To HIllary Clinton: If you win the Democratic nomination for President, would you consider Barack Obama as your running mate / V.P. and why?

    To Barack Obama: If you win the Democratic nomination for President, would you consider Hillary Clinton as your running mate / V.P. and why?

    January 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Randy Ellis

    Hillary? 25 Years of Experience? In What?

    January 11, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. janet

    Question: Our economy is headed for a depression, what action will you immediately take to restore the american economy, without imposing more burden on the taxpayers, what programs would you put in place to create jobs and ease the inflation burden on taxpayers.

    Question: You talk of "change," what is needed is a president with a strong moral character, one who has a track record of effeciency in spending taxpayers money, a president that can stand up to gross waste, gross fraud, and gross abuse of power going on in our government. What is the first step you would take t: 1. Balance our budget and reduce the one-half trillion government budget, to run our government more efficiently. 2. Correct our banking problems in the U.S. Treasury, soon Ben will run out of rate cuts, there will be no fed rate to cut to shore up our banking derivatives, what measures will you take to ensure our banks won't go broke, locking americans out of their accounts like was done in the "crash" of 1929?

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Peter Smith-Thompson

    1. Why did Senator Obama meet with Mayor Bloomberg.

    2. What is Senator Obama's plan if the economy goes into full recession before he takes office.

    3. Does he think Senator Clinton owes it to the American people to release all the sealed documents for the time she was in the white house as first lady.

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. T. Brown

    What does winning the Democratic nomination and the Presidential election mean to you on a personal level? Outside of the political and social ramifications.

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  18. Mary

    We have heard a lot about the need for experience in this race, with each candidate repeatedly defending their resume. But I'm tired of hearing what you've done, I want to hear what you will do, and how. Believing as I do that each new problem brings its own special circumstances, I do not want to hear about how they will "fix" the economy or how they will provide medical insurance to all people. For problems as large as what this country faces cannot be reduced to soundbytes. Therefore, what I would like to know from each candidate, is how they specifically go about solving problems, in general? I'm looking for basics here. "Step one, I do this. Step two, I do this." and so on.

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  19. Milka

    If they could give one another a chance because they are all great...

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  20. Mike, Conway, AR

    I'd ask Obama to respond to Clinton's example of experience being more valuable than hope and rhetoric in the case of LBJ vs. MLK and JFK.

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. David Renolds

    Ask each of the top-tear candidates this:

    There is a lot of buzz about both Carbon emissions and renewable energy. Would you consider non-renewable sources (i.e. Nuclear) as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions, or would you stick strictly to truly renewable sources (such as Solar, Wind, and Hydro)?

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Kevin in Madison, WI

    To Barack Obama: What specific measures will you propose as President to help those lower on the income ladder? What sets you apart from the other two candidates in helping alleviate poverty and helping working families increase their economic well-being and pay for healthcare, pay for quality education for their kids, afford quality housing, and have money to invest?

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Bob

    Barack Obama has talked about change and getting the establishment out of Washington DC but yet in one day (January 10th) he received the endorsements of two Senators and one member of Congress who have a total of 77 years of time in DC. If he is running to shake up Washington and to rid politics of the establishment why is he working hard to get and reliving in the endorsement of these longtime DC fixtures? Or is his running aganist the establishment just words for running in opposition to the Clinton era?

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Sean

    What does Hillary bring to the table that some other candidate doesn't do better?

    January 11, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Robert

    I would love to see a question that asks Hillary about her significantly larger use of negative ads than her competitors. Her campaign has not only paid for many negative spots, it has also used clear misquotes (regarding Obama) that even your news channel has made clear were easily proven false. How does she justify this.

    The other question pertains to a similar subject. Hillary has used the same fear argument that the Bush administration has used so often while she was in NH. She clearly espoused the belief that to vote for Obama is to invite terrorist attack on our country. What's up?

    January 11, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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